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Diamond clarity refers to the absence or existence of visible flaws. Because diamonds are formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure, they often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). Each of these flaws, including those that can only be seen under magnification, affects the brilliance of a diamond, therefore effecting its value. Diamonds are assigned a clarity grade, ranging from Flawless (FL) to diamonds with obvious inclusions (I3).
Flawless and Internally Flawless
Very Very Slightly Included (VVS1 & VVS2)
Very Slightly Included (VS1 & VS2)
Slightly Included (SI1 & SI2)
Included (I1, I2 & I3)